Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Update
Incident: Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Wildfire
Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Daily Update
July 23, 2013 (8 p.m.)
The Sunnyside Turnoff Fire has grown to 22,320 acres according to an infrared (IR) flight flown early this morning. The fire is located on lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs east of U.S. Highway 26 near Warm Springs, Oregon. Containment of the fire is now 40%. Today the fire moved into the Mutton Mountains but remains south of the S-330 road and east of the S-110 road along the western perimeter. The remainder of the fire stayed northeast of Upper Dry Creek road, and north and west of the Deschutes River.
Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 acknowledges the smoky conditions from the fire and are working with air quality experts to install air monitors in strategic locations. This data will be made available to the public on-line to help them assess health risks.
Day operations experienced very active fire behavior and the NW flank continues to be an area of concern with potential to spread. Additional ground and air resources were shifted to this area later in the afternoon.
Night shift suppression activities will focus on improving and/or establishing defendable containment lines along the NW to NE flanks. Hand crews, dozers and engines will utilize existing roads where possible and build additional hand and dozer lines as needed. Burnout may also be used to improve containment in these areas. Remaining perimeters will be in patrol and monitor status.
Fire growth is expected to continue along the northern perimeters primarily due to hot temperatures and low relative humidities. Overnight humidity recovery is anticipated to be low, affecting continued growth.
There are currently 529 resources assigned to suppressing the fire.
Warm Springs Area Closures: Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Charley Canyon area are still closed to public.
Road Closures: Hwy 3 closed to the public: at Jct of Hwy3/Hwy 9 (Simnasho Jct) and at MP 6.5 (Wolfe Point Jct) coming north out of Warm Springs. Hwy 8 closed to the public at Hwy 8/Hwy 3 Jct (road into Kah-Na-Tee Resort). Local residents are allowed access.